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JapanThe Precarious Future$
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Anne Allison

Print publication date: 1953

Print ISBN-13: 9781479889389

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479889389.001.0001

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Manufacturing in Japan: Factories and National Policy

Manufacturing in Japan: Factories and National Policy

Chapter:
(p.189) Chapter Eight Manufacturing in Japan: Factories and National Policy
Source:
Japan
Author(s):

Takahiro Fujimoto

Frank Baldwin

Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479889389.003.0009

Corporate management, convinced that factories in Japan cannot compete against China’s low wages and lax environmental regulations, have shifted manufacturing operations overseas. This chapter argues that industrial flight is a shortsighted strategy that harms innovation and undermines employment and middle-class values in Japan. Government policies, from taxes to climate change, should support the retention of excellent manufacturing sites in Japan.

Keywords:   manufacturing, work style, factories, hallowing out, offshore, comparative advantage, US manufacturing

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